Miranda Sheely, one of this year’s instructors, participated in the Winter Multi-Sport Expedition last year (Photo by J. Besl / University of Alaska Anchorage).

Spring break on ice

Feeding sled dogs under a starlit sky. Biking 40 miles to a backcountry lodge. Piloting a snowmachine along the Iditarod Trail.These are not typical...

Salmon is on the menu for Lake Clark’s wolves

Deep within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, staff at a remote ranger station on the north shore of Telaquana Lake noted something amiss....

Scientists seek US backcountry skiers to measure snowpack

ANCHORAGE — America's space agency wants you to head for the mountains with a smartphone and a measuring stick.NASA's earth science arm is funding...

Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans

NEW YORK — DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the...
Signs of the American beaver in Alaska: A cut poplar tree on the upper Tanana River and a dam on Phelan Creek near Isabel Pass in the Alaska Range. Ned Rozell photos.

Beavers slapping tails on far-north waters

Animals the size of Labrador retrievers are changing the face of Alaska, creating new ponds visible from space.“These guys leave a mark,” UAF ecologist...
As the busiest commercial and fishing port on the Bering Sea, Dutch Harbor can expect a significant increase in invasive species as the region's water warms (Image by M. Reimer).

Preparing for invasive species in the Bering Sea

Invasive species have devastated marine ecosystems in the Lower 48 but, thanks to its icy waters, the Bering Sea has been largely unaffected. So...

Predicting snow loads: How a UAA research team helping create safer structures

In Alaska during the late 1970s, there was a major effort to predict snow loads across the state which would help civil and structural...
Chum salmon returning in November to spawn in the Delta River where it meets the Tanana River, about 10 miles north of the town of Delta Junction. Ned Rozell photos.

Salmon complete 1,000-mile journey, and life

MOUTH OF THE DELTA RIVER — On a morning with biting air in the single digits Fahrenheit, this river smells like sulfur and is...

A career in community service: School of Social Work professor Tracey Burke tackles food...

In Alaska, 102,670 residents, or 1 in 7 people, struggle with hunger. Of the 102,670, about 20 percent of those struggling to obtain a...

When Jerry Brown came to Nome

A few Alaska researchers recently accepted a surprise assignment of giving Jerry Brown a tour of the Seward Peninsula.The California governor was stopping in...

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